Los Llanos, Colombia
At a Glance
- Experience an authentic cowboy lifestyle staying in a tented camp amongst the seasonal floodplains of Los Llanos
- Ride across the lush grasslands in search of wildlife, including giant anteaters, capybara, pumas, anacondas and jaguars
- The ultimate Colombian safari, enjoy game drives, guided nature walks and canoeing excursions in the company of true local experts
- Learn about the deeply entrenched culture of the Llanero horsemen, through their music, stories and song, accompanying these legendary cowboys as they ride across the plains
- Fall asleep to the sounds of the wilderness whilst enjoying comfortable beds, luxury linens and spectacular views of the floodplains from the four, private tents
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Los Llanos' climate is usually humid and tropical, with temperatures ranging from a low of 21 °C (70 °F) in the evenings, to a high of 34 °C (93 °F) during the dry months of February and March. During these months you can expect the highest concentration of animals around watering holes, and easy access to remote areas. From April to November, you can expect rainy weather with lush green landscapes, less accessibility to remote places but still excellent wildlife including pumas, howler monkeys and concentrations of herons nesting together.
To start planning your holiday to Corocora Camp
Set on a 9,000-hectare private reserve at the heart of the Los Llanos floodplains, Corocora Camp is a remote, tented camp offering a unique Colombian safari experience. Discover local wildlife and fascinating cowboy culture in this spectacular region.
Deep in the heart of Colombia’s eastern plains, amongst vast swathes of swaying grass and herds of grazing capybara, lies Corocora Camp. Named after the iconic scarlet ibis that make their home here in the Orinoquía region, Corocora Camp lies on a protected reserve in Los Llanos, surrounded on all sides by miles of lush floodplains and an incredible diversity of wildlife. Having emerged from the grip of conflict, Los Llanos is once again safe and accessible, welcoming visitors to experience its phenomenal biodiversity and deeply entrenched cowboy culture amongst its wild and unspoilt landscapes.
Corocora Camp overlooks the lush, green plains, comprised of just four private safari-style tents and a main mess tent, each with uninterrupted views of Los Llanos. The four tents are simple in style, combining the typical African-style canvas safari tents with local works of art and artisan textiles to give them a uniquely Colombian feel. Comfortable beds are draped with mosquito nets and small en-suite bathrooms allow for hot showers after a long day on the plains. Private decks offer mesmerising views of the grasslands and their inhabitants, from peaceful herds of grazing capybara to flocks of scarlet ibis taking flight.
The main social tent is the heart of the camp, with its comfortable leather sofas adorned with woven Colombian textiles and large table where delicious meals are served throughout the day. Cuisine is inspired by traditional Colombian favourites, served alongside international cuisine, all prepared using the very best produce from the surrounding farms and villages. Hearty breakfasts precede long days spent exploring the wetlands, with lunch often enjoyed al-fresco or out on safari. Dine under the stars, by the light of the roaring camp fire, feasting on local beef cooked over a wood fire in the traditional llanero style alongside a selection of fine wines and spirits.
Days at Corocora Camp are spent discovering the wonders of the plains, be that on guided 4x4 safaris, on birdwatching trips or canoe expeditions in search of pink river dolphins. The wildlife here is abundant and unphased by visitors, having been largely left in peace during the recent periods of conflict. Expert guides will track pumas, anacondas and jaguars, believed to be some of the largest of their kind on the planet due to the plentiful prey that thrives here in Los Llanos. No visit to this wild and remote corner of Colombia would be complete without experiencing the distinct Llanero cowboy culture that has existed here for generations. These impressive horsemen have long herded their cattle across the flooded grasslands, taming wild local horses and singing songs of their ancestors. Spend time in their company, learning how to lasso a rogue cow, riding barefoot through lakes and rivers and understanding their longstanding traditions and culture that is so deeply intertwined in the ebb and flow of Los Llanos.
The four spacious, canvas tents overlook the wetlands, each decorated in a traditional safari style with a quintessentially Colombian twist - featuring artwork, textiles and handicrafts from across the region. Comfortable beds draped in billowing mosquito nets look out across the landscape, with a safari-style en-suite bathroom off to the side and a private decking area complete with lounge chairs and magnificent views to the front.
Children are welcome at Corocora Camp, with one additional rollaway bed available per tent. Due to the unfenced nature of the camp and the proximity to wildlife, parental supervision is required at all times.
The heart of Corocora Camp is the social tent, with it comfortable seating areas and communal dining table. Meals are prepared by the camp chef, using local, seasonal ingredients to devise and ever-changing menu of international favourites and traditional Colombian classics. Breakfasts, in the typical safari style, are hearty and filling, with farm-fresh eggs, homemade bread and pastries, tropical fruits and the best Colombian coffee. Lunches are light, often served al-fresco or out amongst the wetlands, whilst dinners are served around the main dining table or out by the roaring bonfire. Tasty snacks and local fruits are available throughout the day, and sunset drinks overlooking the plains are a highlight, as the colours of Los Llanos change to a burnished gold. Inside the main social tent there are plenty of games and activities, including lawn games, yoga mats and a small library filled with books on local wildlife and culture. Due to the remote location of Corocora Camp, phone reception is extremely limited and there is no Wi-Fi. There is however electricity to charge cameras and devices each evening, ready to capture memories of another day on safari.
Activities at Corocora Camp centre around the incredible biodiversity of the floodplains. Experience a unique Colombian safari, either by 4x4, on horseback or by canoe, searching for the incredible array of wildlife that thrives on the plains. Giant anteaters, pumas, jaguars and anacondas all thrive in Los Llanos, alongside the incredibly elusive pink river dolphins. The best way to see Los Llanos is on horseback, accompanied by an experiences Llanero who has grown up riding across the flooded plains and understands the terrain and wildlife like the back of their hand. Spend a day with these impressive horsemen and learn about their distinct culture, customs and beliefs, trying your hand at lassoing, singing their ancient cattle-calming songs and riding barefoot through rivers and lakes and across the swaying grasslands. Keen birdwatchers can accompany an expert birder on a dedicated birding safari, looking out for hundreds of endemic species including the eponymous scarlet ibis.
A Day in the Life
The Llaneros of Colombia are a proud, hardworking group of horsemen that have lived and worked amongst the wetlands of Los Llanos for generations. Spend a day in their company, discovering their unique culture and way of life.
Culture & Traditions
Far from the glare of the modern world, the people of Los Llanos live a simple way of life, steeped in culture and tradition. Learn about daily life here in the remote wilds of Colombia, through music, stories and song, enjoying local food and a tradition
The cats of Los Llanos are undoubtedly their most famous, and elusive, residents. Join conservationists to set up camera traps for the local ocelots, pumas and jaguars, following their exploits even once you’ve returned home.
The best way to explore the vast reaches of Los Llanos is on horseback, in the company of a local Llanero – or cowboy – who knows the plains like the back of his hand. Explore the flooded wetlands, wade through the shallow streams and experience life like
Los Llanos Birdwatching
The fertile, flooded plains and woodland thickets of Los Llanos make them a paradise for hundreds of species of birds. Join a local expert on a birdwatching trip across the plains, looking out for some of the wetland’s most iconic avian inhabitants.
Los Llanos Wildlife
Experience a unique Colombian safari, on horseback, by 4x4 or canoe, as you head out across Los Llanos in search of an incredible array of wildlife, in the company of an expert guide.
Location & directions
Los Llanos, Colombia
Corocora Camp sits at the heart of a private nature reserve deep in Los Llanos, approximately 2 hours by road from the nearest town of Yopal, in the Orinoco River Basin.
How to get there
There are 10 daily direct flights from Bogota to Yopal with various airlines. There is also a direct flight from and to Bucaramanga which connects with beautiful colonial towns like Barichara.
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